How can we become better at evangelizing to unbelievers?
Joel Beeke explains in this video that as a pastor, he evangelizes from the pulpit. He does it in every single sermon, particularly in his applications of the text. He also attempts to pray for his congregation, taking one page of the directory at a time.
But, when it comes to evangelizing to people outside of the church, he makes a personal commitment to share the Gospel with any unconverted person that he comes into contact with. For him, opportunities for evangelism frequently occur when he travels. He begins the conversation by asking them about their family, their work, and then if they’re a Christian. After showing them truths from Scripture, he then tries to get their name and email and send them a name of a nearby church before they conclude the conversation.
He explains that his goal is to always to get people’s address and email and then use that information in an attempt to dialogue with them afterward. Follow-up is important – the Puritans excelled in this. Mass evangelism is good, but there ought to be a following-up with that individual after the Gospel is shared. Richard Baxter said that he saw 600 conversions in his village and didn’t know of a single one that fell back. He believes this was largely because God blessed his follow-up visitations.
1 Peter 3:15 (NKJV) – “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”
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